Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 29th, 2012
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan County, fishing has been slow of late. Weather and waves kept most anglers off the lake; high winds are expected to continue. A few cohos and browns have been taken on the lower sections of the Sheboygan River on spawn fished under a float, or off of the bottom, but overall, fishing has been slow.
In Port Washington, browns and steelhead have been taken near the power plant discharge area and the Rotary Park rocks. Spawn drifted off of bottom on a three-way rig or under a float has been the most productive. Trollers are taking a few browns in the harbor when the weather permits. The best baits have been small spoons or crankbaits trolled off of lead-core from downriggers 15 to 20 feet down in the water column.
In Milwaukee, trollers fishing the harbor are finding some great action for browns and an occasional steelhead by trolling or casting spoons and crankbaits. Trollers are using lead-core or downriggers with small, bright-colored spoons fished 5 to 15 feet down. The best times have been early morning. Some fish also have been taken by casting plastics and crankbaits in the harbor along the rocks or in the marina area. The Milwaukee River is running low and clear, and little fish activity has been reported. A few small browns and steelhead have been taken by those casting spoons off of the Mckinley Pier, but overall fish have been small.
In Racine County, fishing was slow, with only a few browns taken on spawn fished off of the bottom or beneath a float in the marina and inner harbor areas. The Root River is running very low and clear. The only activity has been near Lincoln Park for browns in the deeper pools on spawn or small spinners.
In Racine County, the fall fish run has slowed, although brown trout are still making their way upstream. Anglers are encouraged to review the Lake Michigan tributary regulations. Inland water anglers are also reporting success while fishing for walleyes as the temperature drops. Waterfowl hunters have reported some success, with mallards, teal, and wood ducks being harvested in the area. Large flocks of Canada geese have been seen on area fields, providing great opportunities for those who get landowner permission and scout ahead.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
In Outagamie County, deer are moving and the car/deer accidents are up, indicating the rut is on. Many bowhunters have shot some nice bucks. The river is still open and fishing is still good. Trappers are out and are finding plenty of success.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.
In Dane County, waterfowl hunting activity has been light. The same is true for pheasant hunting on stocked state properties throughout the county.
In Jefferson County, the rut is in full swing. Many “good” bucks have been seen during the day chasing does. The number of bucks being struck by vehicles has increased, as well. Walleyes are starting to bite a little more aggressively on the Rock River. There have been reports of numerous species of diving ducks in the area, as well. The majority of these ducks have been seen on Lake Koshkonong. Trappers have been reporting fewer numbers of raccoon and even fewer muskrats. The dry summer months had a substantial impact on muskrats in Jefferson County wetlands.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
The recent cold weather has prompted many mallards to begin their southerly migration. Green-winged teal were the second-most abundant bird. Shovelers, pintails, gadwall, and wigeon were in the mix, as well. Anglers are now small in number. A few sauger were caught along wingdams in the upper Mississippi River’s Pool 11. Bluegill and crappie fishing was spotty at best below the Lock and Dam 10 spillway, as well as Bertom Lake south of Cassville. Sauger were biting in the late evening below Lock and Dam 11 near Dubuque near the Eagle Point fishing barge. The recent low temperatures created very thin sheets of ice on many backwater sloughs and forced the swans at Bode’s Pond near Potosi to move south to open water below the point. Hundreds of bald eagles have been seen on the Mississippi River, notably Pool 11. Most of the wood ducks and teal seem to have pulled out for warmer climates. Canada geese and mallards are still coming through on certain days. Tundra swans have been seen and heard flying high overhead. The weekly pheasant release at Prairie du Bay continues to be very popular. Raccoons have been scarce this fall. Several local trappers suspect a big outbreak of distemper has hit them hard. Muskrats also are hard to come by this year. Many of the area marshes where they lived and bred last year were bone dry this summer. Deer scrapes and rubs seem less used recently, but activity remains high.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.